Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his final executive budget for New York City, one that's $69.8 billion in size, contains no new taxes, and is, as required by law, balanced.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning took issue with the premise that United States needed to balance its budget like a household.
Cuomo says he'll bolster education and close a budget gap with efficiency, doesn't mention campaign finance
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his budget for the next fiscal year this afternoon, promising to pay for some new items in his State of the State address with cost savings and greater efficiencies across state government.
Thanks in part to a stalled taxi plan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration today directed agencies citywide to cut their budgets for this year and next.
"The gaps we are facing must be addressed," said budget director Mark Page, in a Friday memo to agency heads. "We will once again need to curtail planned spending, and do so in a way that prioritizes and preserves necessary City services and quality of life."
On Monday evening, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a final, $68.5 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year, one in which most disputed cuts to after-school programs, child care, libraries and firehouses had been restored.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said the potential loss of $1 billion in taxi medallion revenue could mean a lot of layoffs.
"It would mean a lot fewer workers, I’ll tell you that," he said, during his regular Friday appearance on the John Gambling Show.
The big takeaway from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget presentation is that the budge ax is hanging over after-school and child-care programs, and firehouses, rather than the overall size of the teacher workforce.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon presented a balanced executive budget for the 2013 fiscal year that includes no new taxes, but which includes cuts for social services and relies on at least two funding sources that must still be considered aspirational.
Parents unhappy with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reported plans to cut funds to about half of the city's public-funded childcare and after-school programs "blitzed" City Hall phones yesterday, according to one of the protest organizers.
The Campaign for Children, an advocacy group, set up an 800 number and parents who dialed had their calls steered either to Bloomberg's office or to his senior adviser, Howard Wolfson. In total, 1,364 calls were made, according to the protest organizer, Stephanie Gendell.
This week, the mayor's ambitious plan to recreate New York City's taxi fleet got hit by another lawsuit, yet made progress toward becoming a reality.
First, New York City Comptroller John Liu finally gave the go-ahead to a taxi dispatch contract that's central to getting the city's new taxi system off the ground. Second, the Taxi and Limousine Commission board approved the rules that will govern a new class of "borough taxis" to service New York City neighborhoods that are generally underserved by yellow cabs.
"You know, Fred, I’ve argued appeals and trying to read tea leaves by the questions of the judges can sometimes get you into trouble," Cuomo said. "I understand the argument is ongoing. I understand the reluctance of the Senate, literally while the argument is going on, to pass a health exchange. I mean, I understand the discordancy there. So we agreed that they wouldn’t pass it and I will set it up by executive order."
Bloomberg says pension reform plus budget equals 'the best legislative session for the city in a decade'
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that the budget just agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature, and Cuomo's successful push to institute a cheaper new pension plan for public employees, "herald the best legislative session for the City in a decade."
In his current budget proposal, Governor Andrew Cuomo included language that would allow him to transfer money between agencies without the approval of the legislature, and thereby circumvent a check on the governor's powers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday afternoon presented a preliminary budget for the 2013 fiscal year that relies heavily on the assumption that the city will reap some $1 billion in revenue from the sale of 2,000 wheelchair-accessible taxi medallions, moeny that does not yet exist, and money that his own legal department has said is under threat.(1)
Each of New York's seven Republican House members voted "yes" on Friday on a budget that would essentially end Medicare as it now exists. So did every other Republican from the Democrat-dominated Northeast.
The politics of these votes aren’t hard to explain, given that the Republican Party's activist base has never been more on guard against ideological apostates.(1)